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Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

"Perfect Storm": Oil Prices, Sanctions Slam Russia

As plunging oil prices and Western economic sanctions clamp down on the value of the ruble, Russian President Vladimir Putin finds his country's economy in an economic vice grip. "He really is going to be hit by a perfect storm," said a Russia expert at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, "although much of it is his own making." The ruble's value went into a freefall Tuesday, plunging by more than 20 percent despite the Russian central bank's attempt to retain foreign investment with an interest-rate hike. Read »
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Millions Sign Up for Obamacare

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Falling Oil Prices Undercut Exporters' Economies

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Jeb Bush's Announcement Jolts Primary Race

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Family of Black Man Killed by Police at Walmart Sues

The family of a man police shot and killed at an Ohio Walmart sued Tuesday, accusing the officers and the retailer of negligence in his death. A BB gun resembling an assault rifle had been left unlocked on a shelf in the Walmart store on Aug. 5, and John Crawford III, 22, had picked it up and been able to walk around the store with it freely, prompting people in the store to call 911 and leading police to shoot and kill him. His family said in their suit that Walmart "had every reason to know that someone might mistake a BB gun for a real gun," and asked for at least $75,000 in restitution. "Out of respect for everyone involved, we believe it's not appropriate to discuss the specifics of this matter, but we can say that our associates acted properly," the company said Tuesday. Read »
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Ex-Sony Employees Sue Over Data Breach

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Majority Believes CIA Interrogation Tactics OK: Poll

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Oil Drops Below $59 for First Time Since 2009

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Thousands Pay Tribute to Victims of Sydney Siege

Tearful Australians laid mounds of flowers near the Lindt Chocolate shop in Sydney where two hostages died in the early hours of Tuesday morning after officers stormed the downtown cafe, killing the gunman and ending a 16-hour siege. The standoff began around 9:45 a.m. Monday when the gunman burst into the Lindt Chocolate cafe and took 17 people inside hostage, forcing some to hold a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith in the shop window's. Read »
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Taliban Targeted Soldiers' Children in School Massacre

The Taliban attack on a Pakistan school on Tuesday that left more than 140 dead was motivated by the militant group's war with Pakistan's army, NBC News reported. "The Taliban could have attacked any one of the thousands of schools across the country," said retired Maj. Gen. Mahmud Ali Durrani. "They deliberately went after the children of the soldiers they're fighting." The militants attacked the military-run school in Peshawar, killing at least 132 children and 10 staff members, a military spokesman said. Pakistani military sources said six Taliban militants were killed at the scene. The attackers were wearing police uniforms and suicide vests, a military source told NBC News. About 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside Army Public School at the time of the attack. "The gunmen entered class by class and shot some kids one by one," a student who was in the school at the time told local media. The U.S. condemned the attack, calling it "senseless and inhumane." Read »
Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Police Mistakes Can Lead to Valid Arrests: Supreme Court

A police officer's mistaken idea of the law does not invalidate an arrest and search as long as it's a reasonable understanding, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. In the 2009 case, a county sheriff's deputy in North Carolina mistakenly pulled over a man for driving while one of his headlights was out, even though the state's law only requires "a" stop lamp. After obtaining permission for a search, the officer found a baggie of cocaine in the car, even though by state law wasn't being broken. By an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court said the arrest and search were valid, even if the officer was wrong about the law, because "the Fourth Amendment allows for some mistakes on the part of government officials," as Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. Read »
Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Sydney Attack Emphasizes Danger of "Lone Wolves"

A 16-hour hostage situation in Sydney that ended Monday in the deaths of the captor and two hostages underscored the danger of so-called "lone wolf" terrorist attacks, NBC News reported. Like the attack on Canadian Parliament and the hatchet attack of two New York City police officers earlier this year, the Sydney siege was carried out by one man inspired by radical Islam and acting on his own. "They have such a small signature and footprint," said the co-director of the Transnational Threats Project. "They can act whenever they deem fit." Read »
Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Earth Could Face Another Mass Extinction: Study

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Most OK With Nativity Scenes on Public Property: Poll

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM

First Read: Jeb Bush Nearing Presidential Bid

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